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Lush and tropical Hana town is located at the eastern tip of the island of Maui and known for its abundant waterfalls and scenic beaches. Just past Hana is the lower portion of Haleakala National Park where you can visit the tiered Pools of Oheo and hike through tropical terrain to see spectacular waterfalls including the 400-foot Waimoku Falls.
Things To Do
One of the Hana region's best adventures is the journey to get there along the famed road to Hana, a scenic coastal route with more than 50 one-lane bridges and innumerable twists and turns. Along the way are many scenic pullouts where you can stop and take in the ocean views and see waterfalls amidst the verdant landscapes. Spend the day at one of Hana's beautiful beaches or take a walk along the coast at Waianapanapa, a rugged shoreline of black sand beaches and coastal lava formations including caves and sea arches. Other Hana places of interest include botanical gardens, cultural sites and historic churches. Check out the Hana Cultural Center and Museum near Hana Bay where you can learn about the region's rich cultural heritage. Pamper yourself at The Spa at Travaasa Hana (the former Hotel Hana Maui) located amidst the rolling lawns and palms overlooking the blue Pacific. They offer various beauty treatments and other personalized services including an array of massages from Hawaiian lomi lomi to Hot Stone and Swedish massage, all with aromatherapy options. Just past Hana town is the rugged Kipahulu area and Oheo Gulch where you can swim in the stream, hike through a bamboo forest, and see gorgeous waterfalls cascading down the mountainsides. Also in Kipahulu is the gravesite of famed aviator Charles Lindbergh who lived his last days in Hana. Lindbergh's resting place is at the historic Palapalo Hoomau Church which was built in 1857 using limestone coral.
Hana's three main beaches are Hamoa, Koki and Hana Bay, all providing very picturesque settings. Hamoa Beach is surrounded by lush vegetation with a small island offshore. A grass lawn and shady areas make Koki Beach a nice place for a picnic. Kaihalulu Beach in Hana is also known as Red Sand Beach due to the deep, red hues of the sand. The unique color of this scenic shoreline is the result of a nearby volcanic cinder cone.
For fine dining in Hana try Travaasa Hana (formerly known as Hotel Hana-Maui) which serves up "Hana Fusion"cuisine emphasizing local ingredients as well as Old World European and Asian elements with a Polynesian style. They also specialize in gourmet vegetarian dishes and make everything from scratch including such dishes as Taro Fish smoked with mango wood, and Lilikoi Mahi with ginger lime coconut sauce and Hawaiian sweet potato. The Hana Ranch Restaurant is a rustic, ranch-style eatery serving Polynesian-inspired ranch food including "the best hamburgers on Maui."They also have a take-out window for food on the go so you can grab a teriyaki plate lunch and head for the beach. The Hana Ranch Store sells various food items including some gourmet items as well as gifts. You can also find some food supplies at Hasegawa General Store. Hana is also know for having numerous roadside stands selling locally-grown fruits, vegetables and fresh caught fish. This is a great way to get some of the finest ahi (tuna) and other high quality fish and produce at very affordable prices. Due to the somewhat limited choices for grocery shopping in Hana, if you are staying in a Hana vacation rental you may want to stock up on food and supplies at a grocery store in Kahului so you can cook some of your meals at home.
Shopping is limited in Hana though you can find pretty much everything you need at Hasegawa General Store which still retains the look of the classic old-time general store. You can also find some essentials at the Hana Ranch Store. Due to limited shopping opportunities in Hana you may want to stock up on supplies before your stay. Kahului is the island's principal shopping instruct with large grocery stores, and you can also stop in Paia town on the way to Hana.
A rental car is recommended when staying in Hana vacation rentals so you can enjoy the region's exceptional beaches, waterfalls and swimming holes as well as historical sites and attractions from coastal walks in Waianapanapa to mountain hikes in Kipahulu. Hana town is about 53 miles from Kahului Airport. Allow at least a few hours for the drive including stops along the way to enjoy coastal scenery and waterfalls.
Weather and Ocean Conditions
Temperatures in Hana are relatively mild all year around with summer temperatures averaging around 80 F and sometimes rising into the low 90s with tropical trade winds providing a comfortable, cooling effect. Winter temperatures average in the 70s. Casual and beach attire is appropriate for most activities though if you are visiting higher elevation areas bring something warmer as the temperatures may be significantly cooler. The winter months typically bring more rain on the north and east shores than on the west and south shores, which keeps everything lush and green. It's often best to enjoy beaches during the morning hours as the trade winds may blow a bit stronger in the afternoon. However most afternoons are nice as well for water as well as land activities. Inexperienced swimmers are advised to always swim and enjoy ocean activities at lifeguarded beaches. Winter months can bring big surf on exposed northern shorelines while summer conditions are often very calm. Like all Hawaii beaches, conditions can change at any time of year and you should always use caution before entering the ocean. Check with lifeguards before going in the water to learn about the safest areas to swim and enjoy the water activities you choose.
Browse through our Hana vacation rental listings to get an understanding of the different amenities and property features we offer. Hana vacation homes provide the optimal way to enjoy your Hawaii vacation with all the luxuries of resort living and all of the comforts of home. Our goal is to provide you with a with an unforgettable Hana accommodation for your dream Hawaii vacation. We take pride not just in having the largest selection of high-quality vacation rentals in Hana, but also in the fact that we stand behind our product and make sure only the best of the best Haiku properties are listed on our site. If you have any questions about our Haiku rentals or which destination is best for your vacation needs, please give us a call and we will be happy to assist you.
The Hana region has a rich history in Hawaiian lore and was the site of numerous important battles in ancient times. Hawaii's powerful Queen Kaahumanu, the wife of King Kamehameha I, was born in 1768 in a cave at Kauiki Hill near the lighthouse at Hana Bay where a plaque now commemorates the event. In 1849 a sugar mill was built in Hana, and by 1883 there were six sugarcane plantations in the region. The "Hana Highway"was completed in 1926 as a one-lane gravel road, and by the 1940s the region's sugarcane plantations were replaced by cattle ranching operations. Today the Hana region remains largely undeveloped and is a tropical Hawaii paradise seemingly untouched by time. This is also why it is one of Hawaii's premier visitor destinations.